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Gary Johnson Crashes the GOP Debate - The Atlantic

June 15, 2011Posted in Uncategorized

From The Atlantic:

It used to be that a YouTube presidential debate consisted of citizens uploading questions so that candidates could answer them. After being excluded from the GOP presidential primary debate held in New Hampshire on Tuesday, however, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson turned that model on its head, taking the questions from the televised event and splicing them together with answers he recorded and uploaded to the video sharing site. Unlike the other candidates, he got to answer every question!

This is interesting in that media organizations that host debates can no longer act as gatekeepers: CNN and the New Hampshire Union Leader thought Johnson didn’t merit inclusion, but Will Wilkinson of The Economist disagreed, as did I, and we’re free to embed his answers for our audiences.

Read the rest of the article.

See Gov. Johnson’s answers to the debate questions here:

Conor Friedersdorf

 

Conor Friedersdorf - Conor Friedersdorf is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction. Follow him on Twitter: @conor64

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Gary Johnson Crashes the N.H. Republican Debate

By Conor Friedersdorf

The former governor didn’t get an invite, so he sat alone in a room, answered the questions, and posted his answers to YouTube

It used to be that a YouTube presidential debate consisted of citizens uploading questions so that candidates could answer them. After being excluded from the GOP presidential primary debate held in New Hampshire on Tuesday, however, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson turned that model on its head, taking the questions from the televised event and splicing them together with answers he recorded and uploaded to the video sharing site. Unlike the other candidates, he got to answer every question!

This is interesting in that media organizations that host debates can no longer act as gatekeepers: CNN and the New Hampshire Union Leader thought Johnson didn’t merit inclusion, but Will Wilkinson of The Economist disagreed, as did I, and we’re free to embed his answers for our audiences.

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